Originally Posted by ScarletBegonias
ok, osmosis doesn't apply in this case. the way sodium works in the blood/body is not a principle based on osmosis.
i don't *think* table salt and sea salt have different effects on the body, research and studies prove it so. it's not my opinion, it's the facts.
most of the general population (including health care professionals) have a misguided and outdated idea about salt in general. keep in mind that salt is not the same as sodium. most people believe as you stated "salt is salt", but that is not the case. a highly processed product is not the same as a naturally occurring product. would you say that water you drink out of a mountain stream is the same as bottled "drinking" water? of course not! because they aren't the same. yes, they are both water. but no, they do not have the same mineral content, and the processed drinking water will contain chemicals from the processing and chemicals from the bottle it comes in. just like my well water is not the same as my friends chlorinated, fluoridated municipal tap water.
according to my midwifery textbooks, and the recently publishes studies in the news, only salt combined with chlorine (NOT chloride), which is table salt, has a negative effect on blood pressure. sea salt does not have a negative effect, because the body recognizes it as sodium and can therefore utilize the sodium to do what it needs to do.
Salts (there are many types) are formed by the association of 2 ions. An ion is an element (from the periodic table) that either looses or gains an electron and becomes positively or negatively charged. A salt happens when a positively charged ion associates with a negatively charged ion. When in solution, the ions dissociate.
"Salt" as the general public knows it, refers to sodium chloride (NaCl). Sodium is the positively charged ion, and chloride is the negatively charged ion. When you put "salt" into solution, like when you eat it, the sodium and chloride ions break apart (dissolve) and can be used for different functions in the body act separately in your body.
Your discussion of the role of sodium in the body has nothing to do with my argument that sea salt and table salt are the same chemical compound.
Your example of spring water VS tap water is not an appropriate argument. I agree that spring water and tap water are different, just as table salt and sea salt are different. But, removing all the impurities of spring and tap water, you get the same thing - pure H2O, just as removing all the impurities of "salt" you get pure NaCl. The sodium and chloride ions are INDISTINGUISHABLE by the body. This is fact.
with chlorine or salt containing
chlorine not chloride?
If you mean salt containing chlorine - then I am sorry, you are mistaken. The chlorine element forms a salt with sodium as a chloride ion. Almost all of the salt in the ocean comes from sodium chloride, not sodium chlorine (sodium chlorine is not a salt - it might not even exist).
My original argument was that sea salt (with its impurities) is, in my opinion, not as valuable health-wise as some make it out to be. I also think that the refining process to make table salt is not harmful. Perhaps you are advocating that the combination of the trace minerals in sea salt with the salt is important for your body. To that I say, a diverse diet in fruit and veg will supply you with the minerals your body needs.
On a side note, sea salt (coming from the sea) could also contain all sorts of nasty chemicals. People don't respect the oceans as they should.